Last week, the United States Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage as between only one man and one woman. When it was in place, this section of DOMA meant that from the federal government’s point of view, only marriages between a man and a woman …
When it comes to social justice, referenda are frequently on the wrong side of history. Putting fundamental rights up for debate by an unaffected majority is an ugly, ugly precedent.
News outlets and activists have been trumpeting loudly over two recent court rulings against the constitutionality of provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, making it appear to the casual reader as if the statute is on its last legs. But the truth is far more complicated.
At the end of the day, it is simply impossible to argue that this is a struggle between secularism and faith. Rather, it’s a struggle about what kind of faith we North Carolinians want to live.
It’s not so much that we are at a tipping point, it’s that we’ve already substantially tipped. There are no actual, practical down sides to gay marriage, so threats of vague, futuristic, supernatural consequences are employed simply because threatening real-world consequences can’t be found.